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Catch a sunset on Stewart Island. © Sandra Whipp

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Key Summit Track on the Routeburn Track

Enjoy panoramic views over Fiordland mountains and alpine lakes plus native vegetation and birdlife on this fantastic, easy half-day walk on the Routeburn Track from the Milford Road. Read the story . . . 

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The Rakiura Track: beauty in isolation

Tucked away on New Zealand’s third island, Stewart Island Rakiura, the Rakiura Track is the perfect opportunity for an island adventure. Read the story . . . 

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Must Do's: South Island Road Trips Travel Guide

Start planning your next road trip with great attractions, accommodation and things to see and do in the South Island with our 2021 Must-Do's travel guide.  Read the story . . . 

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Adventure in style on the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track

Explore the southern coast of Southland on the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track.  Read the story . . . 

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Mirror Lakes Walk

Stroll among small lakes with lovely reflective views of the Earl Mountains on this easy access short walk off Milford Road.  Read the story . . . 

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The Lost Gypsy: amazing automata

A caravan serving coffee, art and automata are all part of the curious collection at Southland’s Lost Gypsy.  Read the story . . . 

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Drive a bulldozer in Invercargill

In Invercargill, you can try your hand at operating seriously heavy machinery, with no special licence required.  Read the story . . . 

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Fiordland Marine Reserves

Fiordland’s ten marine reserves border the Fiordland National Park and are a fantastic example of protected natural environments. Read the story . . . 

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Ulva Island: birdwatchers’ paradise

Reached on a short boat trip from Stewart Island, Ulva Island is administered as an ‘open sanctuary’ by the Department of Conservation making it a birdwatchers’ paradise. Read the story . . . 

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Mitre Peak and Milford Sound: seeing is believing

The ineffable scale and grandeur of this landscape has to be experienced to be believed. Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Southland

From Great Walks and day trips to remote and beautiful beaches and Must-Do Stewart Island, check out a local's picks for the Southern part of New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Te Anau to Milford Sound Piopiotahi Highway: the journey into the heart of Fiordland.

If you want to take in Fiordland’s wilderness, vastness and beauty without being drenched in that seemingly perpetual rain, take the Piopiotahi Highway. Read the story . . . 

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